Student Policy on Note Taking
To ensure equal access to in-class information for qualified MSU students with disabilities.
Students must provide disability documentation to the Office of Disability Services (ODS) that clearly supports the need for note-taking accommodations. Once this accommodation has been approved, ODS will contact the instructor to recruit a volunteer notetaker in the class.
If class notes or PowerPoint slides are available on-line from the instructor, note taking may not be indicated.
Please notify ODS by e-mail within 24 hours of dropping a class for which note taking accommodations are being provided.
If there is a problem with reading or understanding the notes, be sure to communicate with a ODS staff member as soon as possible so the problem can be corrected.
NOTE: Students are typically required to attend class in order to receive class notes.
- Clearly communicate, in writing, to ODS staff the specific classes for which you will be requesting note taking accommodations. Click on this link for the Note Taking Request Form.
- Show the course instructor your Accommodation Notification when communicating about your accommodations for their class.
- Tell the instructor that ODS will contact them and ask them to read a short statement, soliciting a volunteer note taker.
- The note taker will be asked to come to the ODS office and submit the “Note Taker Volunteer Sign-up Sheet.” The form will provide ODS with contact information and will serve to identify the student who is to receive the notes.
- Note taker information will not be given to the student unless the note taker grants permission.
- Notes will be uploaded to your BOX account within 48 hours of the class. You can access tutorials on how to access your notes at Notes Instructions.
- It is the student's responsibility to access notes on BOX regularly. ODS will contact students who do not access notes regularly. Services for note taking may be stopped temporarily, pending a meeting with a ODS staff member.